Desperate for something to publish out here to complete the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I Googled “blog ideas.” There is a veritable plethora of pages out there that address the topic, including this one. One of the questions was “What show from your childhood would you love to bring back?”
The answer is simple: practically all of them. That’s a topic for another time.
There is one show that I wish was still on that I watched as a young adult: A. M. Weather.
This used to air on WTTW in Chicago at 6:30 AM during the week. I would get up, make coffee, and turn the TV on and watch the color bars until WTTW signed on in the morning so that I wouldn’t miss anything. (If you want to get some idea of what that was like, head on over to FuzzyMemories.tv and watch this clip. I’d embed it, but seems that WordPress doesn’t like the code.)
What was so good about this show?
- The presenters were real meteorologists. These weren’t communications majors who were getting their start in television. These were real, honest-to-God, NOAA meteorologists. They might not have been the best presenters (though I thought they were pretty good), but they knew what they were talking about.
- They used real weather map symbols. If it was going to rain, you could look at the symbol and know whether it was light rain (one dot), moderate rain (two dots), or heavy rain (three dots). I loved weather maps as a kid, and learned what all the symbols meant. I never saw any of the local forecasters using them; most people had no idea what they were. If you wrote to the show, they would send you a chart of them.
- They did the aviation forecast. This was especially helpful on the days that I traveled. Like my mother, I hate flying through turbulence, and it was nice to know if I was going to encounter any as I was on my way somewhere.
- I learned a lot about the weather. Local weather forecasts are great, but they rarely go into depth. These folks explained what was happening.
- I just liked it. It was a good way to get the mind working after being asleep all night. I’m sure the coffee had a lot to do with it, but it was no-nonsense, intelligent TV. There wasn’t a lot of chit-chat, the show followed a standard format, and the meteorologists were professional, but friendly. On Fridays, they’d give the address where you could write to them, and they sounded like they liked hearing from viewers.
Mary and I were subscribers to WTTW for many years, and this was one of the reasons I was always happy to renew our subscription. This, and Monty Python, and Doctor Who, and The Two Ronnies…
Do you have a favorite show that you wish would return?